C to shut its trap Bc FAE From there the already interesting early Victorian England this version plagued by seven Ancients that walk and talk and uack ike demons expanded into a spectacular alternate version of our own world with sharp toothed faerie dressmakers tricksy not to be trusted but oh so charming Magicians estates gifted by fae royalty yet still recognizable by the ugly ugly prejudice Henrietta Howel is a witch in a time when witches are burned An orphan she now teaches at the charity school where she was raised The charity school currently being visited by a royal sorcerer A royal sorcerer whom Henrietta fears was sent to investigate the rumors of mysterious fires Mysterious fires that she herself is responsible for But when she meets the man she is surprised to discover a kindred spirit I find a dash of insolence to be uite enjoyable from time to time Then we discover that Henrietta is not a witch and Agrippa the royal sorcerer not only believes that she is a rare female sorcerer but also that she is the girl prophesied to take England back from its demonic invadersIs Henrietta this so called Chosen OneMaybe she is and maybe she isn t After reading the ast page I was still undecided The only thing I knew positively was that whatever the answer it s not so simple Also not so simple is the answer to the inevitable uestion is there a ove triangleThere are two definitive ove interests maybe a third if you re a particularly contrary sort who never goes for the obvious choices but the way Cluess handles the situation Honestly neither are good candidates for our girl And anyway it s not one of those angsty dueling for the ady s affection scenarios Option 1 is a comfortable childhood friend and option 2 is a flamboyant and hilarious blue blood you don t take seriously until option 1 starts to ook The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College like a Red Shirt then you don t take him seriously bc REASONS then option 1ooks Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin less andess ike a Red Shirt but still you can t help feeling ike no good can come of it Basically I felt option 1 is only in the running bc familiar and option 2 made me swoon a time or two but I never gave him my heart whispers I may be the contrary sort I mentioned earlier BOTTOM LINE though Henrietta s future HEA may at this time be unclear I didn t feel jerked around or manipulated Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices like with so many otherove uadrilles trianglesAs for other typically YA aspects some of you try to avoid there were surprisingly few I felt the first few chapters were a bit rushed the circumstances coming together far too serendipitously but once we got to where we were going things began to unfold naturally and often hilariously Beyond that I had a couple of minor issues where Henrietta s not so simple situation and her fear of discovery were referenced a bit than necessary and a couple of times she was appallingly self absorbed view spoilerlike when she was newly arrived at Agrippa s home and Rook was sent around back bc servants don t use the front door and she potentially the most celebrated discovery in years comments on how she feels alone flares nostrils hide spoiler Buddy read with my special girls no pun here they are really special and though they don t have magical powers they d kick any special snowflake s ass easily Katerina Vira Also please go read my friend Mila s review to see a positive and well structured point of view on the book How I do what I do
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MY KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT TO DOknowledge of what to do doing reuires only the knowledge of doing What would you do then I blinked I believe you hurt my brain I wouldn t say this book had hurt my brain and there s no particular reason for displaying this uote above I just Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism liked it That s it Why can t I make something special because I want to I take an example from the author Special snowflakes everywhereSpecial snowflake fact one gosh why does this book reminded me so much of almost every fantasy book I ve ever read or heard of Two major deja vu Shadow Bone and Harry Potter The book started very similar to the first one and in the middle turned into the second one Plus add to theist an Infernal Devices The Burning Sky and even Angelfall And it s not the whole Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas list If only I paid closer attention I d find but I started skipping pages after 30% and missed some important momentsSpecial snowflake fact two the story in nothing new though it filled with specialness which Il explain After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry later I wouldn t say the writing was bad it was pretty decent the story itself had some curious twists and turns but somehow all this was annihilated by the heroine s dullness I didn t feelife behind her voice And to think about spending the whole book in her head you d hope there would be something to hold on to But no such Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread luck It felt as if we were told about the world around in a mechanic manner here we have magicians they are bad guys Here we have sorcerers they are good guys Here we have a special girl who will save the world Here we have six guys and two of them will kiss the ground the heroine walks on Here we have a childhood friend She didn t have feelings for him before except a sisterly bond but now her heart flutters every time she sees him Gosh I wish you s just had a orgy guys But no here we have a reputation to uphold I need to stop doing such writing or Il bore myself to sleep The point is scattered facts and underdeveloped pieces turned this book into a porridge pun intended as the heroine s magical stave is called Porridge The girl named it herself Wanted to feel special Special snowflake fact three the author turned every potentially interesting character into a sniveling Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes lot and made the ones who were supposed to be unimportant into special snowflakes view spoilerMagnus he was such a flirt and a cheeky character Why or why that scene when he kisses Henrietta and then turns out he was engaged and actsike a boy who was caught pissing his pants Pathetic I expected him to be solid and have some self esteem Moreover ater he begins to follow heroine ike a puppy and she takes him back as a friend of course and everything is tip top again Meh Then we have Agrippa who s from a sane reasonable man turned into crazy unatic and a betrayer Double meh And oh so special Rook who was so timid and dull but gained super cool powers and attention he can control them No one could before him tripple meh hide spoiler. Rets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer ife she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one With battle She Weeps Each Time You're Born looming how much will she risk to save the city and the one sheov. O proper and women being too demure and I just get bored Take Clockwork Angel while I ove certain aspects of that series there were parts that just dragged because of the time era and diction In ASBAB It never dragged There were never any slow parts or mindless era dropping paragraphs setting a scene with Victorian imageryroutineetc Every chapter felt important and no character too polite It was still the Victorian era but it just felt modern and refreshingThe cast of characters was brilliant No one can convince me that George Blackwell is not secretly a Mr Darcy in disguise His first condescending words describing Henri 199 Kindle sale Sept 7 2017 The second book in this series will be published Seven Days, Seven Dinners later this month 35 stars Full review first posted on Fantasy LiteratureIn this Victorian era fantasy sixteen year old Henrietta Howel who is now a teacher at the Brimthorn orphanage in Yorkshire where she has spent theast eleven years has developed an ability to magically set things on fire She believes this marks her as a witch or magician who are imprisoned or put to death in England since a horrific event eleven years earlier when a magician s spell misfired and opened a portal in our world from another dimension Through this portal entered the Seven Ancients magical demons who have been terrorizing England ever since killing hundreds of people with the help of their Familiars humans who have been turned into their evil servantsWhile magicians are vilified in British society as a result sorcerers on the other hand are revered despite the fact that a sorcerer participated in the spell that released the Ancients Additionally the distinction between sorcerers and magicians is a rather fine one based on certain techniues in their use of magic that have very A Northern Light little apparent practical effect In any event Henrietta fearfully hides her magical ability from Agrippa a visiting sorcerer who has been called in to find the source of several mysterious fires until she is forced to use her powers to save her close friend Rook a stable boy from being carried off by a demon s Familiars But when she is found out rather than being executed or punished she is hailed as the first female sorcerer in ages the one who it is prophesied will save England from the AncientsHenrietta is whisked away by Agrippa to study sorcery at his London home along with six handsome of course young men But sorcery just isn t working for her the way it should and she fears for good reason that she s not actually the Chosen One but merely an illegal magician So Henrietta enters into a dangerous deception sneaking away from Agrippa s school toearn magic instead from Hargrove a London magician If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas living in hiding She thinks or ateast hopes that no one will notice that she s using magicians techniues rather than sorcerers The promotional description for A Shadow Bright and Burning proclaims that Henrietta meets her fellow sorcerer trainees handsome young men eager to test her powers and her heart One will challenge her One will fight for her One will betray her Your reaction to this blurb will be a major clue as to whether this book will be your type of a fantasy or not If you are charmed by the notion of a teenage main character being the sole female in the company of a smorgasbord of cute
guys several of whom are rather interested in her then I highly this book to you If the idea caused you to roll your eyes then you may want to give this book a pass The plot is as much about Henrietta s relationships with Blackwood and Magnus two of the sorcerer students and with her tortured friend Rook who has come to London as well as it is about the arger conflict with the Ancients Some readers will appreciate the relationship oriented aspects of this book while others are ikely to be disappointedThe characters in A Shadow Bright and Burning tend to be stock characters though a few show depth Some of their names are amusing if heavy handed clues to their nature The abusive Mr Colegrind who runs the aptly named Brimthorn School for Girls the devious Master Palehook the wealthy distant and distinctly Mr Darcy ike Blackwood the brave and dashing Magnus and so forthJessica Cluess creates an intriguing world in A Shadow Bright and Burning with Lovecraftian monsters running roughshod over Victorian society but her writing style here although smooth is a ittle simplistic for older readers In fairness this is being marketed for ages 12 18 and there will beteenage guys several of whom are rather interested in her then I highly
many in that age group I think it s safe to say they l bein that age group I think it s safe to say they l be girls who will think this is a wonderful fantasy There are a few elements in it that make me hesitate to recommend it to younger readers in that age range including some nightmarish violence and a passionate make out session that threatens to wind up in bed To Cluess credit in the White Water latter scene Henrietta acts as I think a well brought up Victorian girl would As it turns out her caution is justified which is a nice change of pace from some of the sexually explicit YA fantasies I ve read recentlyHenrietta and her friendsearn some good The Slave Dancer lifeessons ike accepting oneself and others developing inner strength and fighting against class prejudice The NOT The Chosen One plot twist which is not a spoiler it s revealed in the book blurb does make Henrietta s journey a challenging one and I m interested to see how this will play out in this series While A Shadow Bright and Burning doesn t end on a cliff hanger for which I am devoutly grateful it is rather open ended eaving much of the story to be resolved in the seuels This isn t a book for every fantasy fan but I think it will appeal to many younger readers as Sleep with the Fishes long as they re not terrified by monsters I received an ARC from the publisher Random House in exchange for a review Thank you Fun solid beginning to a new fantasy series I m fascinated by he magical hierarchy Here s my full booktalkdiscussion Reviewed by Rabid ReadsI began reading A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING with trepidation I d read the preview months prior and at the time I d been greatly impressed but since then I d suffered numerous disappointments of the finished product not remotelyiving up its promise varietyAnd initially my inner cynic taunted me pointing out perceived flaws whispering to get it over with and DNF already Then a hobgoblin unexpectedly appeared and I told my inner cyni. E meets her fellow sorcerer trainees young men eager to test her powers and her heart One will challenge her One will fight for her One will betray her As Henrietta discovers the sec.
Characters A Shadow Bright and Burning45 Full video book review here This started off pretty strong but then I uickly ost interest and it became just average This reminded me of a ot of other books including but not imited to Harry Potter Jane Eyre Mortal Instruments It did have an interesting twist on those stories especially concerning the whole flip on the typical chosen one story I A World on Fire liked the Victorian setting but the world building wasacking the MC made all decisions based on the character of Rook a character that I felt Setting Them Straight: You CAN Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life like I never really got to know so their relationship never stood out to me The writing was solid Ioved the setting of Victorian England and the different magic systems colliding It was good I just was eft wanting I want to read this book so badly I d set myself aflame Now isten Miss Howel I ve never seen another girl who could do what you ve done and I ve searched for four years I ve never met another sorcerer who could burn and walk away unscathed Maybe five or so years ago this book stood a chance But come on there s not a single thing in A Shadow Bright and Burning that we haven t all seen beforeLimited world building and a plethora of potential 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate love interests fuel this derivative Victorian fantasy It begins with a familiar premise an orphaned mistreated girl called Henriettaives a miserable existence until she is discovered by a sorcerer who claims she is a prophesied chosen one He whisks her out of the The Oxford New Greek Dictionary life she has known and takes her to train her powers with other sorcerersAlmost everything is borrowed from other series Harry Potter being the obvious example but there s some Mortal InstrumentsInfernal Devices in there too as well as others The magically warded secret area of London called London Proper is reminiscent of Diagon Alley and Rowling s influence rears its head again when Rook knows dark magic is coming because his scars hurtThe author could have avoided this by developing her own take on both of these but everything is skimmed over Veryittle is explained Much of this world remains a mystery to me even after finishing the book When we do get some background information on the world its history and its magic system it comes in the form of forced unnatural conversations The characters are clearly only discussing it for the purpose of educating the reader and it feels so out of placeThere s hints at attraction with at The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece least three of the male characters Though the Mary Sue heroine is adamant that she is unattractive and that everyone is DEFINITELY NOT inove with her evidence abounds to the contrary Other characters can see that Rook is in The New Job Security love with Henrietta but Omigosh no They re just friends even though she describes himike this Granted Rook was attractive with sharp elegant features and blue eyes His hair was still the same flaxen down it had been when we were eight He The Day Fidel Died: Cuba in the Age of Raúl, Obama, and the Rolling Stones (A Vintage Short) lookedike a poet or a gentleman I d always thought even if he was only a stable boy The book just doesn t do anything new Even the attempts to put a new spin on the super special Chosen One trope result in a spin we ve seen several times already And I simply couldn t find anything to read for The book moves through a cycle of Henrietta practicing her magic in repetitive elemental displays flirting with one of the boys and doing something
dumb By the atter I mean that she always finds a way to rush into any magical attack againstBy the atter I mean that she always finds a way to rush into any magical attack against orders of the most powerful sorcerers I guess if you re still not over the whole special chosen girl fights monsters and flirts with boys thing then this could work for you Me I m tired of itAlso one The Jumbee last minor thing every sorcerer gets a stave which is basically a big magic wand and their magic is tied to it Losing it is VERY BAD However if you want me to appreciate the seriousness ofosing one s stave don t name it Porridge The pain of To Helvetica and Back losing Porridge the mere idea of it threatened to crush me Ooh that s very sad But mostly funnyBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store If you haveittle to no experience with fantasy novels A Shadow Bright and Burning will shine ike a star through your eyesBut if you do its true nature will surface and you will see this book as what it actually is a poorly written book that stands for the uniue reason that it s
of dozens of elements taken from dozens of different novelsIf you ve read The Devices The Vampire Diaries Grave Mercy or iterally anything exceptional with magic or supernatural elements don t bother with this oneShe s trying the author really is trying But she s playing it safe She divulgates very Where the Heart Waits little about the world building and its history the magic and its provenance the Ancients and their reason for existingSo veryittle it s a shame And the writing It isn t bad alright It isn t bad because again she s playing it safe The sentences are short so very short and she uses countless of idioms and commonly used expressions or even sentences in iteratureIt s all too clean There are no uotes to highlight because the author isn t inventive She just knows how to put words one after another to form a novel but her words are not impressive or worth rememberingOne thing that proves my argument is the amount of dialogs To me it seemed as if she didn t describe characters situations buildings or emotions enough because she just didn t want to I get it dialogs are fun to write but come on What is important is usually what isn t being said if you know what I meanCould the characters names be annoying Dee Blackwood Henrietta aka Nettie Agrippa Magnus TMITID Magnus Chase Falling Kingdoms anyone Cornelius Palehook Rook Cellini etc Those were all men by the way except for HenriettaThe characters too are not original They re fine but Jessica Cluess inspired herself a ittle too much of the memorable Tessa Jem Will and Magnus Bane from The Infernal Devices It s so obvious I feel angry at the A Burglar's Guide to the City lack of originalityI may finish this sometime if I ever find a reason to but for now it s a did not finish at page 174adies and gentsBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin How do I describe this book without breaking out into rabid fangirl status UMMMM how about THE INFERNAL DEVICES THE BURNING SKY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE as in Mr Darcy Yup I went there It s a Victorian England fantasy and it was SOOOOO goodNow I The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth ll be honest Usually I don tike Victorian settings for my reads something about society being to. I am Henrietta Howel The first female sorcerer The prophesied one Or am I Henrietta Howel can burst into flames When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers sh.made of dozens of elements taken from dozens of different novelsIf you ve read The